I’m getting such gems from this book by David Liss (could I ever be this good?). On P. 220, “…beauty that made me love her, before I knew that our minds were perfectly formed for one another…” This is great because I think most marriages are this way. You see the outside first but once you’re married, you know the person so intimately that it seems your minds are perfect for one another. Each compliments the other’s strengths. I know this is the case in my marriage.
Liss goes on further a few pages down, describing marriage as, “…committing to law what was already in our hearts,” which is basically what a marriage ceremony is—committing to both the laws of the land and God’s law.
“I should live the life of my innermost desires.” Liss says this on p. 245, describing what a character wants for his wife. Isn’t this what we all want for ourselves as well?
I know for me this is what I strive for every day. I get up each morning and exercise because I want to be healthy and strong for my family. I sit at my computer endlessly, typing and attempting to create what is on my heart and on God’s. I strive to get my kids into the school I want them to go to because I want the best for their little minds. I homeschool them until that point because I believe that the public system is not good enough and, frankly, I can do a much better job than they can. I want them to start taking lessons of some sort once we catch up financially so they can discover what their passions are in life and lead the life of their desires. I want my husband to figure out his passion in life and follow that to wherever it leads. I pray every day that I find a literary agent who believes in my work and therefore in me and what I’m trying to accomplish in this world.
I think we all want to be living for something, something of our choosing. Is that too much to ask?